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Hi everyone, I’m looking at ideas for Haĺloween and am thinking if using the Simplicity 8411 pattern (one of their historical dress designs for a wide hipped, bodiced dress). It recommends using dupioni, brocade, faille etc. but I have a total crush on Alexander Henry’s Tree of Life print and would love to use that instead. I’ve used AH cotton before to make corsets, it’s lovely and soft and I think would drape relatively well. Does anyone see their being any issues in substituting cotton for the suggested fabrics? Thank you.


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    Oct 10, 2017, 02.23 PMby bjr99

    I don’t see where there would be a problem/ Costumes are more forgiving than regular clothing.

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    Dec 11, 2017, 02.20 PMby Arsen Adams

    Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose.

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    Jun 15, 2018, 11.56 PMby purplefan

    Dupioni is somewhat stiffer than cotton and brocade is a thick fabric with heavy body. The cotton you choose would have to to have some firmness and body to substitute for your recommended fabrics or you’d have needed to underline or reinforce your cotton to create a similar body to the suggested fabrics.

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